Energy Efficient Living

Introduction

As America's need for energy grows, so does the need for energy efficiency. If you adopt energy efficient behaviors and technologies, you can reduce your energy consumption and save money.

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What Makes a Home Energy Efficient?

One way homes can become energy efficient is through the EnergyStar® certified homes program. Homes in this program are built to meet strict energy efficient standards set by the EPA. EnergyStar® certified homes are at least 30% more energy efficient than homes built to the 1993 national model energy code. This certification is achieved through a combination of energy efficient heating, cooling, hot water use, energy efficient appliances, and lighting. The benefits of an EnergyStar® certified home are improved home quality and homeowner comfort, lower environmental demand, air pollution reduction, and lower utility costs.

Improve Your Home's Energy Efficiency

Money-saving Tips

Here are some quick ways to help decrease the amount of energy you use and lower your energy bill.

Lighting

Increasing your lighting efficiency is one of the fastest ways to decrease your energy bill.

Heating and Cooling

There are many ways to reduce the amount of conditioned air that is lost and decrease the amount of energy spent to heat and cool your home.

Water Heating

Save energy and cut down on the amount of money spent on water heating.

Insulation

Insulation acts as a barrier to keep home temperatures more constant while reducing your energy costs.

Landscaping for Energy Efficiency

Landscaping is a good way to keep energy costs down in the home.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy can help our country move towards energy independence and environmental sustainability.